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Feelings run high over Ellesmere football club bid

Published date: 27 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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CHAOS ensued at a town council meeting in Ellesmere last week.

Councillors, the town clerk and members of Ellesmere Rangers Football Club quarrelled in front of residents after the town’s football team revealed plans to rebuild their clubhouse.

The meeting on Thursday became heated as Councillor Rod Harington confronted clerk Mandy Evans over whether the club was a registered charity or a voluntary body and accused her of not supporting the West Midlands Premier outfit.

Mrs Evans told the council that the club was a charity and could claim back VAT on repairs to the deteriorating clubhouse at the Beech Grove ground.

But club officials said they were a voluntary body and would need the council to act on their behalf as the ground is on council property.

Mrs Evans said: "It says in the minutes of a previous meeting that the club confirmed that they were a charity. I am certain of it.”

Club officials responded in anger and shouted out in defiance and the meeting was broken up so the clerk could speak with them in private.

Although the town council attempted to continue its agenda the debate outside the room could still be heard leading to deputy mayor Councillor John Frost and Councillor Lynne Davies leaving the room too.

A short time later Mrs Evans returned to the room saying: “It’s all sorted. They are sending me a letter tomorrow.”

Mrs Evans was unavailable for comment following the meeting.

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